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iOS 13 arrives today. Get your iPhone ready before installing it



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iOS 13 adds a dark state to your iPhone and more.

iPhone 11 may not launch until Friday but our review is already out and according to CNET's Scott Stein it is the best mid-range phone Apple has ever made . New iPhones aren't the only Apple to launch this week ̵

1; Apple will release iOS 13 for iPhone and iPod Touch owners today. The software update brings with it many new features, including a dedicated dark mode a new swipe keyboard and an updated Photos app (complete with video editing tools) . But before you start tapping that update button, there are a few things you should do on your iPhone to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

You don't want to be one of the people who post on Facebook that iOS 13 lost your contacts and that you need phone numbers – there's no reason for it to happen in 2019.

Take a few minutes right now and do some autumn cleaning and then create a backup of your iPhone; for safety's sake. Then after you have done all of this, install iOS 13 .





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When will iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 be available?

  • iOS 13 launches for iPhones on Thursday, September 19th.
  • iPadOS 13 is launched for iPad on Monday, September 30th.

Devices that will support iOS 13, iPadOS 13

iPhone XS 12.9-inch iPad Pro
iPhone XS Max 11-inch iPad Pro
iPhone XR 10.5-inch iPad Pro
iPhone X 9.7-inch iPad Pro
iPhone 8 iPad (6th generation)
iPhone 8 Plus iPad (Fifth Generation)
iPhone 7 iPad Mini (Fifth Generation)
iPhone 7 Plus iPad Mini 4
iPhone 6S iPad Air (3rd generation)
iPhone 6S Plus iPad Air 2
iPhone SE iPod Touch (7th Generation)

Get rid of old apps and photos

I recommend you use major OS updates as an annual reminder that it's time to go through all the apps you have installed on your iPhone or iPad and remove the random face swapping apps or games that you use for a few minutes, then forgot all about. It's also a good time to go through the Photos app and remove any random screenshots, photos and videos you no longer need.

Removing unused apps will reduce the amount of storage you use and also speed up backups because there is less for iTunes or iCloud to back up.

Backing up your iPhone or iPad

There are two ways to back up your iOS device. You can use Apple's iCloud service or use iTunes on a Mac or PC. Backup through iCloud is without a doubt the easiest method. It is a good idea to back up your device just before updating. This way, you will not restore a backup that was created a few days ago if something goes wrong, and all current information will be restored.


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iCloud

Using Apple's iCloud service to back up your iOS device is the simplest method. Each iCloud account is given 5 GB of free storage for things like backups, so why not use it? To force a backup of your iOS device with Apple's iCloud service, go to Settings > tap your name > iCloud > iCloud Backup > Back up now .

Make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network and have a charger at hand. You don't want to burn through your wireless data plan, and the backup process can chew through much of your battery in no time.

Use iTunes

Another way to back up your iOS device is to use iTunes. You need a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed and an Apple Lightning cable. Connect your iOS device to your computer and unlock it. Enter your PIN if you are prompted to authorize a connection between the computer and the device.

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In iTunes, click on the thumbnail of your device next to the Music / Movies drop-down menu.

When the Summary option is selected on the left, you should see a screen full of details about your device. On that screen there is also a section Backups . Leave iCloud checked, but check the box Encrypt iPhone .

You will be prompted for a password that will be used to encrypt the backup. Whatever you do, don't lose or forget the password you enter – without it, you won't be able to recover your iOS device's backup if you need to.


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After entering a password, click Back Up Now and let iTunes work. A few minutes later you have an encrypted backup stored on your computer. An encrypted backup will prevent you from having to enter account passwords for apps like email or Facebook when you restore a device, as opposed to hit or miss iCloud backups.

When you have a backup, install iOS 13 then check out our complete guide to all hidden – and announced – features so you can get the most out of the update.

Originally published last week. Updated to reflect the launch date.


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